Wales. Golf. Sheffield United. In that order – that’s what the Blades hope Gareth Bale’s mantra will be after the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
That’s because golfer and lifelong Sheffield United fan Matt Fitzpatrick recently played a game with the Wales legend and the club were hoping he could put a good word and convince him to reverse his retirement decision.
The pair are both taking part at the Pro-Am in California which takes place this weekend – and talkSPORT 2 will have full coverage of the exciting event.
Each year, a number of celebrities make up the amateur field and former Tottenham and Real star Bale will be teeing off and has been paired with USA’s Joseph Bramlett.
And Fitzpatrick played nine holes with him on Wednesday in their preparation, with the world No. 10 praising the footballer’s golf talent.
“Getting primed for the Pro_am at Pebble Beach,” Sheffield-born Fitzpatrick wrote alongside a photo he posted with the ex-footballer. “Great to play with you today, Gareth Bale.”
And the Premier League promotion chasers side couldn’t resist asking their famous fan if he put a good word in about Bramall Lane.
The Blades currently sit in the Championship’s second promotion spot, 12 points clear of third place Middlesbrough, and they could do with a forward like Bale to help them reclaim their Premier League status.
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But whilst Fitzpatrick revealed he spoke to Bale about football, he didn’t say he’d made a hint about him playing for his boyhood club.
“It was really cool,” Fitzpatrick said about playing golf with Bale. “First time I’ve officially met him. So that was obviously good to see him. Really, really enjoyed it.
“Asking him questions about football and he’s asking questions about golf and stuff. We had a really enjoyable front nine and there’s not many better places to do it than around here.”
During Bale’s time with Real Madrid, he posed with a banner that read, ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order’, and now he’s being given the opportunity to showcase his talent.
talkSPORT 2’s coverage of the tournament will begin at 5pm
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